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Plant Healing - The Sangoma Way: An intensive plant healing retreat

Teacher: John Lockley
Cost: 3 days' accommodation + R. 250 surcharge
Dates: Tuesday 07 February 2017 - Friday 10 February 2017

john-lockleyMedicinal plants have been used in African Sangoma culture for hundreds of years - to cleanse and help people to connect to their true nature. This is reflected in conscious dreaming and in a more aware wakeful state. The Sangoma healing culture is one of the most ancient and misunderstood healing systems in the world. Yet up until the 1980’s, more than 80% of South Africans consulted traditional healers and Sangomas. Participants in this retreat will learn about medicinal plants and their uses and the role of ancestors and dreams. Some traditional plant cleanses will be demonstrated with non-hallucinogenic plants.  John will show us the Sangoma version of meditative absorption in drumming, chanting and dancing. Every morning there will be a “dream circle” in which dreams will be interpreted. He will take us on a walk to find Sangoma healing plants at the BRC and demonstrate how they are harvested and prepared for use. Please bring a plastic basin which will be used to demonstrate medicinal foot healing and a dream journal, pen and paper to take notes.
John is available to give traditional sangoma bone divinations after the retreat on Friday 10th.   Cost: R601 [some concessions available]. Book with the BRC office.

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John Lockley has practised Zen Buddhism since the early 90’s. He studied under Zen Master Su Bong in South Korea and was invited to become a Zen monk after completing his first kyol-che (3 month silent retreat), but chose to rather follow his Sangoma calling. He was one of the first white men to be invited to train as a Xhosa Sangoma, and apprenticed under Mum Ngwevu, a well known Xhosa Sangoma in the Eastern Cape. He runs Ubuntu “humanity”  workshops internationally teaching people heart-beat meditation, and how to connect with their dreams, ancestors, nature and one another. He holds an honours degree in clinical psychology. See more on his website: www.johnlockley.com